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  • Rome mayor wants Olympic medal ceremonies at Colosseum

    May 22, 2015

    ROME (AP) Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino proposed Friday that medal ceremonies be held at the Colosseum if the Italian capital wins the bid to host the 2024 Olympics.Marino was meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and bid committee officials, as well as Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Giovanni Malago, president of Italy's national Olympic committee.

  • Summer Olympic sports chief to Vizer: You don't represent us

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Marius Vizer's latest foray into IOC politics earned a blunt rebuke from a senior Olympic leader Friday, as more sports suspended ties with his umbrella body.The head of the association of summer Olympic sports told Vizer in a sharply-worded letter to stop speaking on behalf of the federations, saying he does not represent their views and has shown a ''lack of understanding'' of the Olympic movement.

  • US delegation to visit IOC next week for talks on Boston bid

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Boston and U.S. Olympic leaders will travel to Switzerland next week to sound out the IOC about their struggling candidacy for the 2024 Summer Games amid a leadership shake-up at the top of the bid.The high-level American delegation will be at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, next Wednesday and Thursday as part of the new ''invitation phase'' for Olympic bid cities, two officials with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.

  • Taekwondo venue for Tokyo Games under review

    May 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Taekwondo could become the latest sport to have its venue moved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of a widening review into plans for the games.The Japan Taekwondo Federation says the head of the World Taekwondo Federation will visit the Japanese capital next month to inspect a facility at a convention center in Chiba prefecture, about a one-hour train ride outside of Tokyo.

  • John Coates re-elected as head of sports arbitration court

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Australian Olympic official John Coates has been re-elected president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.Coates, a Sydney-based lawyer, will serve a second term from 2015-18. He became the third ICAS president in 2010, after Senegal's Judge Keba Mbaye from 1994-2007 and Italy's Mino Auletta from 2007-10.

  • Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston's 2024 Olympic bid

    May 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city's chances of hosting the Summer Games.Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time since 1996. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.

  • SportAccord's Vizer issues 20-point plan for talks with IOC

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) As more sports cut ties with his umbrella association, SportAccord chief Marius Vizer issued a 20-point plan Thursday for discussions with the IOC - including prize money for Olympic athletes and a 50 percent stake for federations in the new Olympic television channel.

  • Five Olympic rings light up a northern Rio de Janeiro Park

    May 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) This is a sure sign the 2016 Olympics are getting close.Officials of next year's games in Rio de Janeiro stood by Wednesday evening as fireworks exploded above a huge version of the symbolic five Olympic rings.These rings were displayed in the northeastern city of Newcastle, England, during the 2012 games in London.

  • Cyclist stabbed to death near Rio Olympic venue

    May 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mayor Eduardo Paes said Wednesday he was confident in security arrangements for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a day after a cyclist was stabbed to death near the main venue for rowing and canoeing at South America's first games.

  • Thomas Bach to Marius Vizer: I'll get back to you later

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach is keeping Marius Vizer waiting on his invitation for a clear-the-air meeting.Vizer, who heads the umbrella body SportAccord, wrote to Bach on Tuesday asking for a meeting to mend fences following his blistering attack on the International Olympic Committee in Sochi last month.

  • Paralympian wants new study into advantages of prosthesis

    May 22, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) German Paralympian Markus Rehm is calling for a new scientific study to determine whether his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage.Rehm, who won the long jump at the German nationals last year but wasn't nominated for the European Athletics Championships because of his prosthesis, tells Sport Bild ''the investigation last year didn't take enough factors into account. Only the potential advantages were considered. But the disadvantages that I have through the prosthesis have to be included in the results.''

  • SportAccord chief Vizer seeks talks with IOC to repair ties

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) A month after launching a scathing attack on the IOC, the head of SportAccord said Tuesday he wants to meet with Thomas Bach to repair the damage that has led multiple sports to cut ties with the umbrella body for international federations.

  • Weightlifting latest sport to suspend ties with SportAccord

    May 22, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Weightlifting has become the 10th sport to break with SportAccord, the umbrella body for Olympic and non-Olympic federations.The International Weightlifting Federation says it decided to suspend its membership following last month's attack on the IOC by SportAccord President Marius Vizer.

  • Sports in disarray after devastating Nepal earthquakes

    May 22, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) A revered national sports coach is among the thousands of dead, trapped in his rented house when devastating earthquakes rocked Nepal.The main football stadium was damaged, before becoming a makeshift refuge for displaced survivors of the quakes. The national cricket team's preparations for a major international tournament next are in disarray. The Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for Kathmandu in July, are destined to be held somewhere else.

  • USOC board member: Boston bid no sure thing

    May 22, 2015

    Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics took another ding Monday, when a key U.S. Olympic leader suggested the city was no sure thing to remain the American candidate for the games.U.S. Olympic Committee board member Angela Ruggiero was the first in the federation's leadership group to suggest anything other than the USOC's unwavering support. Her comments came during a Q&A that followed her prepared remarks at a Boston city council meeting devoted to the bid.

  • Triathlon latest to break with SportAccord over Vizer attack

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Triathlon has joined the exodus from umbrella body SportAccord following Marius Vizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.The International Triathlon Union says its executive board voted unanimously to suspend its membership in SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations.

  • Japan plans to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan plans to scale back the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the government runs short of money and time, the country's sports minister said Monday.Hakubun Shimomura said a planned retractable roof wouldn't be built in time for the games, and some of the 80,000 seats would be temporary ones, according to Japanese media reports.

  • Japan plans to scale back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

    May 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's sports minister has revealed plans to scale back the main stadium for the Tokyo summer Olympics as the government runs short of money and time.Under the latest plans, a planned retractable roof won't be built in time for the 2020 Games, and some of the 80,000 seats would be temporary ones, Japanese media reports on Monday.

  • Longtime IOC member Peter Tallberg of Finland dies at 77

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Longtime IOC member Peter Tallberg of Finland has died after a battle against cancer, the International Olympic Committee said Saturday. He was 77.IOC President Thomas Bach described Tallberg as ''my first teacher at the IOC'' and said ''the athletes of the world and all those who love sport owe him a huge debt.''

  • South Korea marks 1,000 days to 2018 Winter Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea started its 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday with a variety of celebrations planned in the capital Seoul and around the host city of Pyeongchang.Pop stars, classical artists and local sports icons like former Olympic figure-skating champion Kim Yu-na were booked for a lavish two-day ceremony in southern Seoul that will continue through Sunday.

  • USOC makes 0 million for Winter-Olympic-year record

    May 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee brought in 0 million in 2014, surpassing the previous high mark for a Winter Olympics year by million thanks in part to an increase in licensing income.The federation released its 2014 tax forms Friday, including salaries of its highest-paid employees. CEO Scott Blackmun made million, nearly 0,000 of which came in bonus pay. As a sign of the USOC's increasing stability, this also marked the third year since 2011 that the federation hasn't had to pay severance to ex-employees.

  • Lee named artistic director for 2018 Paralympic ceremonies

    May 22, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean organizers have appointed Lee Moon-tae as executive artistic director for the 2018 Paralympic ceremonies but delayed hiring anyone to direct the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

  • Soccer could be one of main attractions at 2016 Rio Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Soccer may finally get its turn to shine at the Olympics.The sport traditionally doesn't attract a lot of attention at the games, where it has been seen as a glorified youth tournament. But things may be different next year in Rio.In the land of football, all eyes will be on Brazil's attempt to win its first gold in the sport that is virtually a religion to local fans. Brazil has won all major trophies in soccer, but the Olympic gold remains the elusive prize for both the men's and women's teams despite several close calls.

  • 2020 host contract the last under old Olympic bid process

    May 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee released a copy of the host city contract for the 2020 Tokyo Games - a boilerplate document that will be outdated when Boston, Rome, Hamburg and other cities prepare their bids for the 2024 Olympics.The contract is filled with stipulations a city must fulfill to host the Summer Games - including security, agreements not to sue the IOC, and an outline of the very important marketing agreements. But the template is being altered now that a new bidding process is in place.

  • Bobsled federation joins exodus from SportAccord association

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Bobsled's world governing body has become the latest federation to freeze ties with umbrella body SportAccord following Marius Vizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.The FIBT says its executive committee voted unanimously to suspend its SportAccord membership following Vizer's ''inappropriate presentation of criticism and sharp words'' toward the IOC.

  • SOLD!: Iconic 2000 Olympic rings from Sydney Harbour Bridge

    May 22, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge which were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold for 21,000 Australian dollars (,000).The steel rings, measuring 70 by 40 meters (230 by 130 feet) when assembled and weighing 50,000 kilograms (110,000 pounds), had been in a storage shed south of Sydney. When businessman Bernard Maas recently bought the shed, he discovered the rings inside.

  • IOC strips US of Olympic relay medals in Gay doping case

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The entire U.S. men's sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay's doping case.The International Olympic Committee notified the U.S. Olympic Committee by letter that the 4x100 relay team has been disqualified and all the medals withdrawn. The letter asks the USOC to collect the medals and return them to the IOC.

  • AP Sources: IOC strips US of relay medals in Gay doping case

    May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The entire U.S. men's sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay's doping case, two officials with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been announced.

  • WADA lifts suspension of doping lab for 2016 Rio Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency has lifted the suspension of the drug-testing lab in Rio de Janeiro, clearing the way for its use at next year's Olympics.WADA revoked the credentials of Rio's lab in 2013 because of ''repeated failures'' in meeting agency standards.

  • Vizer defiant on World Combat Games despite withdrawals

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The World Combat Games will go ahead next year despite the withdrawal of several sports in protest over the chief organizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.Marius Vizer, head of the umbrella body SportAccord that runs the multi-sport event, said Wednesday his organization ''would like to confirm the commitment to the World Combat Games and the unity of the combat sports family.''

  • Table tennis wants Olympic mixed doubles or mixed team event

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Table tennis is lobbying for the inclusion of a mixed doubles or mixed teams event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The International Table Tennis Federation says its president, Thomas Weikert, raised the proposal during a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach.

  • Demolition of Tokyo's old Olympic stadium completed

    May 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The demolition of Tokyo's National Stadium has been completed after a series of delays, clearing the way for a new structure that will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Olympics.Demolition had been delayed by a dispute over tendering, but now all that remains of the old stadium that hosted the 1964 Olympics are piles of rubble that will be removed by the end of September. Construction of the new stadium is set to begin in October.

  • President Rousseff says she'll get more involved in Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she will get more involved in preparations of the Rio's 2016 Olympics with the games set to open in less than 15 months.Rousseff met Tuesday in Rio with Olympic organizers, Rio de Janeiro state governor Luiz Fernando Pezao and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.

  • IOC opens bid process for Olympic TV rights in Europe

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC has opened the bidding process for broadcast rights across Europe for the 2018 and 2020 Olympics.The International Olympic Committee issued the ''invitation to tender'' Monday for the rights to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Wrestling, taekwondo leave umbrella sports body in protest

    May 22, 2015

    Wrestling and taekwondo on Monday became the latest sports to cut ties with the umbrella body for international federations after its president launched a scathing attack on the IOC.United World Wrestling and the World Taekwondo Federation announced their split from SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports.

  • Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa qualify for Rio Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa are the first nations to qualify for the Olympic debut of men's rugby sevens at next summer's Games in Rio.The three teams qualified through the results achieved at the Sevens World Series ahead of the final leg of the competition in London. They joined Brazil, which is automatically qualified as the host nation.

  • Tokyo opens bidding for sports to be added to 2020 Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese Olympic organizers opened the application process Monday for sports hoping to be added to the 2020 Tokyo Games.The Tokyo organizing committee launched a two-stage procedure that gives the host city a chance to add one or more sports to the program.

  • Tokyo weighing new sports for 2020 summer Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Softball anyone?The application period officially opened Monday to add new sports to the summer Olympics at the 2020 Tokyo Games.Baseball and softball are considered favorites, because of their popularity in Japan. Other possibilities include squash, karate, surfing and cricket.

  • Brazil hoping WADA approves anti-doping lab for Rio Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian sports officials say they are hopeful a new anti-doping laboratory will be approved next week by the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency.WADA revoked the credential of Rio's lab in 2013 because of ''repeated failures'' in meeting agency standards. Officials want a new laboratory up and running for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • AP Interview: Pollution could delay Olympic rowing regattas

    May 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of rowing's governing body says races at next year's Olympics could be delayed because of severe water pollution at the venue.In an interview with The Associated Press, World Rowing Federation executive director Matt Smith said events may be suspended for a day or two if pollution spikes. But he says athletes are ''not a high risk'' with no plans to abandon the small lake in central Rio, site of a massive fish die-off last month.

  • Boxing pulls out of SportAccord in fallout from Olympic spat

    May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Boxing Association has pulled out of the 2017 World Combat Games, an event organized by the SportAccord group which angered Olympic leaders.AIBA says it will no longer take part in the multi-sport combat event being hosted in Lima, Peru.

  • Vonn named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean Olympic organizers on Wednesday named U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.Vonn is the first foreign individual organizers appointed for the role and she joins a list of high-profile South Korean sports stars such as former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na and Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, according to Pyeongchang's organizing committee.

  • IOC chief: Small nations like New Zealand could host games

    May 22, 2015

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says there's no reason a small nation such as New Zealand shouldn't aspire to host the Olympics.Bach, who is on a tour through the South Pacific, received a powhiri - or traditional welcome - from indigenous Maori in Auckland on Tuesday before saying: ''The Olympic Games are universal and we should open doors and windows'' to allow all nations that wish to host the games to try to do so.

  • IOC president Bach visits cyclone-hit facilities on Vanuatu

    May 22, 2015

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach visited cyclone-damaged sporting facilities on Vanuatu and discussed with officials how some of the 0,000 aid money pledged by the IOC might be spent to repair the venues.

  • IOC president lobbies for sport to be part of UN plan

    May 22, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has urged national and regional Olympic bodies to lobby their governments to back his plan to have sport included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.Addressing the Oceania National Olympic Committee meeting on Saturday, Bach said ''I would like to ask each and every one of you if you can turn to your governments and ask your governments to support this move.''

  • Sao Paulo confirmed as football host in 2016 Olympics

    May 22, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Olympic organizers have confirmed Sao Paulo as one of the host cities of the football tournament at the 2016 Rio Games.The announcement came after a meeting between the local organizing committee and the city government Thursday.South America's biggest city was pre-selected as one of the six hosts, but local officials were yet to guarantee the city's participation because of the high costs involved. They said they wanted to fully analyze the list of requirements for the tournament before making a decision.